Project Description

Margaret Beaufort Certificate of Theology

Catholic Teaching and Practice for women

This course is run on a Thursday afternoon as a women-only learning space. Online courses are followed by liturgy. Face to face courses are followed by a liturgy and sharing an evening meal together.

Women are welcome to attend the course following application and interview. They are able to attend a single module, or may choose to follow the Margaret Beaufort Certificate in Theology route.

The Certificate will be awarded to students who complete five modules, over a one- or two-year period. They will be expected to cover three of the five study areas (listed below). Attendance at five modules will lead to a Certificate of Attendance. Accreditation can be awarded if two essays or presentations are submitted.

The five subject areas are:

  • Biblical Studies
  • Pastoral Care and Chaplaincy/Liturgical Studies
  • Spirituality/Theology/ Arts
  • Philosophy/Ethics
  • Church History/Systematic Theology

Cost: £180 per module. Commitment to attending five modules will entitle the student to one free module (i.e., attend five, pay for four). Bursaries are available.

To apply: please email mbitadm@hermes.cam.ac.uk. Places will be confirmed once application and fees have been processed.

Module 1 (Online)

Called to Participate

This course will explore through theory and practical workshops how we fulfil our baptismal vocation to join in the priestly, prophetic and kingly mission of Christ by our participation in the Paschal Mystery through the liturgy of the Church.

Course Leader: Sue Price and team

Dates: Thursday afternoons, 8th–29th October 2020, 2–5.30pm. Evening Liturgy 6pm

Module 2 (Online)

Christian Mysticism and the Bible

This course will introduce students to the Christian Mystics and their engagement with the Bible. Focusing particularly on the English Mystics, it will explore what was meant by the mystical sense of scripture, the relationship between scripture and mystical exegesis, how mystics used scripture in their writings, and the relationship between scriptural and mystical revelation.

Course Leader: Dr Louise Nelstrop

Dates: Thursday afternoons 5th–26th  November 2020, 2–5.30pm. Evening Liturgy 6pm

Module 3 (Online)

Moral Theology Today: Shifts and Trends

This course explores the state of moral theology today by looking at four historical and contemporary shifts and trends.  The first three sessions will be led by Dr Elizabeth Phillips. First we look at how moral theology changed during and after the Reformation, comparing and contrasting Catholic Moral Theology and Protestant Christian Ethics.  Next we consider the resurgence of Virtue Ethics in the twentieth century and why some theologians have rejected this trend.   Then we look at more recent trends towards ethnographic methods in ethics which attend closely to and describe the realities of  everyday life.  Finally, in a session led by Dr Anna Abram, we will consider another recently proposed shift in Catholic thought, from Moral Theology to Ecclesial Ethics.

Course Leaders: Dr Beth Phillips and Dr Anna Abram

Dates: Thursday afternoons 21st Jan-11th Feb 2021, 2-5.30pm. Evening Liturgy 6pm

Module 4 (Online)

Faith in Art: Transcendence and Embodiment

This course will compare two important strands in theological aesthetics, the first approaching art as a bridge to the spiritual and transcendence, the other as an imaginative representation of the created world and lived human experience. The course will explore what each tradition can learn from the other with a view towards a deepened understanding of the place of faith in religious and non-religious art, with special attention to contemporary art and devotional practice.

Course Leader: Dr Adrienne Dengerink

Dates: Thursday afternoons 18th Feb–11th March 2021, 2–5.30pm. Evening Liturgy 6pm

Module 5 (Online)

Catherine Keller: Process, Relation and Entanglement

This module will form an introduction to the thought of Catherine Keller, a philosopher of religion and constructive theologian with a significant voice, one that speaks across a range of contemporary issues, including social justice and the environment. She has contributed significantly to different fields of theology, including feminist, political and ecological theology, recognising the importance of process, relation and entanglement.

Course Leader: Dr Férdia Stone-Davis

Dates: Thursday afternoons 29th April–20th May 2021, 2–5.30pm. Evening Liturgy 6pm

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